For years, LeRoy Myers called the far end of the bar at Showmans Jazz Club in New York City his spot. Regardless of the occasion – a birthday party, retirement party, or the regular tap jam he produced – LeRoy held court standing (never sitting) at the end of the hand carved oak banister.
It was an unspoken reservation. If he ever missed a Thursday night (the night of the weekly tap jam), there would be a void. Out of respect, no one would take his spot. That was the kind of man LeRoy was; the kind that didn’t have to ask for respect, it was just given to him.
As such, when LeRoy passed away in 2004 the Tap Legacy Foundation with the support of the Myers family and Showmans Jazz Club saw fit to dedicate a plaque in LeRoy’s honor as close to the place that he stood as possible.
On the 25th of May 2006, National Tap Dance Day, a dedication ceremony was held at Showmans Jazz Club in Harlem, NY. The plaque pictured above was presented to Cordelia Myers (LeRoy’s niece) and subsequently hung on the wall closest to his favorite spot at bar. It can be seen there to this day.
Al Howard, the proprietor of Showmans, and Mona Lopez, the manager of the club, both dear friends of LeRoys, were in attendance and provided immense support for the effort.